PABJ Congratulates its 2016 Scholarship Winners



PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 23, 2016) Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of journalists, students and media-related professionals and to the promotion of diversity in the media, proudly announces the recipients of PABJ's student scholarships:

 FULL-TIME SCHOLARSHIPS ($1,000 EACH)

  1. Sonji Milburn: Sonji is a Temple University student entering her senior year in September. She has done a total of six(6) internships including participating in the Los Angeles Study Away Program where she covered the Special Olympics. She says it is her passion to pursue a career in journalism and her desire is to be a Reporter / Anchor .

Sonji says, "As a journalist of color, my mission is to maintain the foundation of journalism by being diverse, unbiased, and accurate. As I apply these aspects to every story I cover, being a journalist of color gives me the opportunity to show a different light on minorities and communities that the news tends to shy away from." She says most importantly, she wants to be a role model in the community by documenting history and bringing dignity and respect to journalism. Sonji can be seen anchoring on TUTV and has been a co-host on Temple's Radio station.

 2. Maia Morton: Maia is a sophomore at Temple University. She is extremely passionate about her contribution to the continuing civil rights movement. She says since getting involved in journalism and television production she has found her voice.

Maia says that while so many people are trying not to have the uncomfortable conversation, her purpose and contribution as a journalist of color is to be both physically and mentally present. She stands firm is her resolve and is ready to take it on. Anything less, she says, is detrimental to future generations. In her words … "The fact that people of color are missing from mainstream media as heavily as they are is what made me want to pursue a career in media. Behind the scenes, it is important to have advocates for people of color including directors, producers, and writers. These are the people who in pre-production develop the story lines ... The lack of diversity among behind the scenes jobs is a contributing factor to why people of color are misrepresented or not represented at all. " Maia says she will continue to speak up about how much is lacking in the media industry until that changes significantly.

PART-TIME SCHOLARSHIP ($500)

3. Aminata Sy: Aminata is a part-time student journalist at The University Of Pennsylvania and a freelance reporter for the University Review and The Philadelphia Tribune. Aminata says as a Senegalese-American who has lived in poverty both in Senegal and in the U.S., she empathizes with the suffering of black people worldwide. She says her contribution is to report on the different experiences of African-Americans and Africans locally, nationally, internationally, and to inspire the next generation of black reporters.

She says, "My purpose as a journalist of color is to give voice to the silenced, raise awareness of the many issues impacting blacks, and hopefully get those in power to find solutions for problems." She states that her work in journalism “vividly illustrates where my heart is when it comes to improving the lives of blacks. I want to keep America and the world aware of the various injustices that blacks experience.” Amanita Sy is an active member of PABJ.

Each year, PABJ awards at least two $1,000 scholarships to exceptional future journalists attending school full time, and a $500 scholarship to part-time students.  Scholarships are open to African-American high school and college students throughout the Delaware Valley who are pursuing degrees in journalism or communications (broadcast, radio, print, new media). 


PABJ’s Scholarship Awardees will be honored at PABJ’s Awards & Scholarship Gala on Saturday, October 22, 2015. PABJ will also honor some of the region’s best journalists for their outstanding contributions to the industry, including Journalist of the Year Carron J. Phillys (Engagement Editor, Delaware Journal), Community Service Award Honorree Cheryl Ann Wadlington and Impact Award honoree Cesar Aldama (Director of Operations, NBC10). The reception will take place from 6 to 10:30 p.m., at WHYY Studios, 6thStreet between Arch & Race Streets, Philadelphia. To purchase tickets go to   http://bit.ly/2cgqgVU


PABJ welcomes news coverage.

Contact Haniyyah Sharpe, PABJ Secretary of External Communications at 267-324-8839.


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The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of journalists, students and media-related professionals and to the promotion of diversity in the media. Formed in 1973, PABJ is the founding chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). PABJ was recently named the 2014 NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year. More at www.phillyabj.org